Visits outweighed class learning
With reference to Peter Chamberlain (August) and David Coe (April) about school trips, this has prompted me to write about a school trip I went on to the Eco tower in Swaffham, which was organised by Mr Cripps, the head of science.
We were studying energy as part of the science curriculum. I was in the set taught by Mrs Jackson, whose opening line was always “Right then”.
On what seemed like a long journey, we finally arrived at the Eco centre. We were given a tour of the building and then we got the opportunity to climb the tower.
Obviously I was scared of heights but wanted to give it a try. So I climbed up with my friend Paul, who had a wooden leg.
We had climbed the first six steps and he didn’t want to go further, so I carried on by myself, trying not to look down.
When I got halfway I can remember someone’s shoe went flying down the tower. I was really pleased that I had made it up to the top. We then had lunch, took notes and filled in forms.
In the main room I can remember Paul and I getting up to mischief. One of us had knocked the fan over and the other had fiddled with the controls.
As Mr Chamberlain says: “Yes, you can learn much more from an actual visit than you can in the classroom.”